Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship

by Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship
Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship
Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship
Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship
Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship
Canine Companions Assistance Dog Team Sponsorship

The fourth and final quarter of 2020 is here, and for many, 2020 can't end soon enough. The pandemic has made this a most challenging year for most, and that includes Canine Companions for Independence.

Our organization provides highly trained service dogs for adults, children and veterans with disabilities. During a crisis, like the pandemic, disability doesn't take a break, and neither did we. As of this writing, more than 260 services dogs have been placed free of charge with people with disabilities. It didn't seem possible that 300 dogs could be placed this year, but it may very well happen for the sixth consecutive year.

Our placements include those with veterans with PTSD to children with muscular dystrophy. One seven-year old recipient shared that his Skilled Companion dog is the "smartest dog in the whole world." Whether our dogs are the smartest or not, a recipient may be assured that they are receiving a dog that learns upwards of 40 commands, and will provide the gift of independence that will enhance their life.

Since we opened our doors in 1975, over 6,600 service dogs have been placed. Over 400 people await the call that tells them we have a space for them in Team Training, and have a dog in mind for them that will open doors to new opportunities.

In the coming year, we look forward to placing more dogs at our centers in Santa Rosa, CA, Oceanside, CA, Iriving, TX, New Albany, OH, Medford, NY and Orlando, FL.

We hope that in the coming year our campuses will again be open to the public, and our Graduation Ceremonies, Galas, and  DogFests will again be in person events. 

Thank you for your interest in Canine Companions Best wishes for a happy holiday season and a safe, healthy and happy 2021.

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We are living in a time of uncertainty. Disability doesn’t disappear in times of crisis, and neither has Canine Companions for Independence. 

While many challenges still exist, Canine Companions is once again holding Team Trainings and graduating assistance dog teams at our centers across the country. While classes may be smaller, they are being held regularly. We celebrated our 45th anniversary in July, and in our 45-year history more than 6,500 assistance dogs have been placed free of charge with adults, children and veterans.

Our North Central Region will very soon  have a new home in New Albany, Ohio. The new North Central campus will have something it has lacked -- dormitories for our students. The new campus will also ensure that Team Trainings will take place on campus. It is an understatement when we say that our recipients, volunteers and staff are excited about our new Ohio home. August will be the month we move into our new North Central Regional Center.

Over the course of our history, Canine Companions has held a number of outreach and fundraising events throughout a number of communities in the U.S. Due to the pandemic, our events have gone or future events will go virtual. These virtual events include  but are not limited to DogFests and Galas. We invite you to visit our website to learn of upcoming events and how you can get involved. 

Recipients of our assistance dogs include people like David, whose first service dog was Service Dog Domi. David  shared that Domi helped him learn how to heal from the injuries he sustained while serving in the military in Iraq.

We look forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. A Canine Companions Service, Skilled Companion, Hearing or Facility Dog is the gift of independence.



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Like many other organizations, Canine Companions for Independence has been affected by the Covid-19 virus, and our six regional centers are closed. But our work continues, as staff work from home, and our dogs in training are safe and preparations are underway for how we will train and place our dogs with people with disabilities. 

For people with disabilities, the need for an assistance dog remains, and the support we are receiving ensures that the dogs that enhance the lives of adults, children and veterans with disabilities will soon be matched.

Because of the pandemic, a number of events, including graduation ceremonies and DogFests have been cancelled. We hope such events and ceremonies scheduled for later in the year will take place. Until that time, we encourage you to visit our website at 

Your interest and support of Canine Companions for Independence is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Stay safe and healthy during this challenging time.

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Canine Companions for Independence is off to a great start in 2020. Our first Team Training class of the year graduated on Friday, January 17 from the Schulz Campus in Santa Rosa, CA. Team Training classes in all regions will soon begin, as we look forward to placing more assistance dogs free of charge with adults, children and veterans with disabilities. 

The first quarter of the year will feature fun events in communities like Phoenix, Arizona, where DogFest Phoenix will be held. Our other centers are gearing up for Dogfests that will take place from the west coast to the east coast throughout 2020.

The year also promises to be a good one for our North Central region. Later this year, a new North Central Region campus will open in New Albany, Ohio. This new campus will feature something our current North Central Campus has never had -- dorm rooms for students participating in Team Training. 

In 2019, Canine Companions placed 368 assistance dogs. While that was not a record number of placements in our organization's history, it was the fifth consecutive year that we have placed at least 300 assistance dogs.

We invite you to learn more about the work we do, upcoming events, and how you can get involved with Canine Companions by visiting our website at

We appreciate your interest in Canine Companions, and look forward to giving more dogs a job in 2020.

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We are well into the fourth and final quarter of 2019, and once again it has been a good year for Canine Companions for Independence.

For the fifth consecutive year, more than 300 assistance dogs have been placed with adults, children and veterans with disabilities. The total should wind up being between 330 to 340 assistance dog placements. Over 6,200 assistance dogs have been placed since we first opened our doors in 1975.

The need for our dogs remains strong, as our waitlist is 400. We hope to move candidates from the waitlist to team training student as soon as possible. 

In an effort to serve more people, Canine Companions is improving and expanding its facilities. The new training building at the Schulz Campus has opened, providing a third training room. This will help as we continue our PTSD program - placing service dogs with veterans with PTSD.

On a larger scale, the new North Central Campus in New Albany, Ohio is coming right along. By this time next year, we anticipate that our North Central Regional Center will be open for business. It will put that campus on par with all other Canine Companions regional centers.

We could not provide our assistance dogs and follow-up graduate services without the strong support we receive from donors. The financial contributions we receive make it possible for us to provide our assistance dogs and follow-up services free of charge.

We look forward to finishing 2019 on a high note, and look to 2020 as being another year of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with highly trained Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs.

To learn more about us, please visit

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Canine Companions for Independence

Location: Santa Rosa, CA - USA
Project Leader:
Bob Bunger
National Director of Development Services
Santa Rosa, CA United States
$23,089 raised of $50,000 goal
601 donations
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